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Rule No.5: No Sex on the Bus (Confessions of a Tour Leader) Paperback – 1 Jun 2001


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  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Allen & Unwin (1 Jun 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1865085537
  • ISBN-13: 978-1865085531
  • Product Dimensions: 19.9 x 13 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 986,302 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Hilarious observations about European travel" -- Travel & Leisure

"Takes readers along for a jolly ride" -- USA Today

About the Author

Brian Thacker is the author of Rule No. 5: No Sex on the Bus (2001), Planes, Trains and Elephants (2002), The Naked Man Festival (2004) and I'm Not Eating Any of That Foreign Muck (2005). In his travels he has visited 58 countries (59 if you count Tasmania). He lives in Melbourne with his wife Natalie and daughter Jasmine. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Gerben Kappert on 9 Nov 2003
Format: Paperback
The subtitle of this book says it all: Confessions of a tour leader. Brian is an Ozzie who made a living in Europe for a while doing tours through the old continent. Mostly young Ozzies, but also North Americans and Japanese were dragged through 11 countries within 4 weeks by him. He dedicates a chapter to every main country. Which means Liechtenstein and Monaco miss out, as does Belgium, where they only go through on their way to Amsterdam. It is a very amusing book with loads of funny anecdotes about these tours. The funny things you see on the road (stripshows in Amsterdam), the pranks you pull on the guests (hold your passport flat against the window, your face next to it, the camera's will register everything, they will only stop is if something is wrong), the stupid questions you get (if I call home now, will my mom be there?) and the things drivers get up to (coach captain Kevin Kelvin was fairly active apparently). Funny stories with plenty of stereotypes thrown in. Ozzies all like to get pissed all the time, the Dutch are all half stoned most of the time, and the Germans speak English with a funny accent. Every one in Switzerland makes loads of money for doing nothing, the Italians are inventive in the way they con you, the French never take showers and more prejudice in the same category.
Sounds fairly standard, but all in all it is a good book. Especially those of you who have worked with tourists (like I have myself) will recognise a lot. Anybody in customer care basically will enjoy this book. All travel addicts as well. I've already copied a few pages to use in my classes at school; the chapter on Amsterdam gives my students a brilliant view of how people abroad see our capitol. Recommendable book. If you can get hold of it, as I haven't seen it anywhere but in Oz yet.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 Sep 2001
Format: Paperback
Like any tour guide, Australian Brian Thacker has many stories to tell, mostly outrageous. Anyone who has travelled on an 18-35 guided tour will have a fair idea of what to expect, i.e. large amounts of drinking and plenty of nocturnal activity with some cultural thoughts thrown in. The book explores the varied perils and pleasures of being a tour guide, travelling by coach or double-decker bus from campsite to campsite, with much fun made of the young travellers, mostly fellow Antipodeans. It follows a specific tourist route around Western Europe including stops in Amsterdam, St.Goar, Lauterbrunnen, Munich, Salzburg, Venice, Florence, Rome, Cannes, Barcelona, Avignon and Paris. There are brief guides to the sights and inhabitants of each area with some tips about where to go, but the best bits are the incredible stories about the funny, shocking and revealing things that happen on holiday. There are no pictures but the descriptions are vivid enough, and if some tales seem crude then it simply reflects the uninhibited nature of many of the tours. Having been on one of Brian's tours, I recognise some stories and can vouch for their accuracy, (but deny any personal involvement). Like any holiday, there is fun to be had and you may learn something new, although your idea of a good time may differ from others.
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Format: Paperback
It opened very very well with many of the jokes, but towards the middle and Litchenstein/Italy/France and Spain it started to fall really flat and I generally put the book down for long periods before finally getting to the end.

It is slightly repetitive in that the same things about beer, food, sex just happen over and over again intermeshed with some other tale or two. With far too many injokes which makes you think eh?
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By B Murphy on 7 Jun 2010
Format: Paperback
The comedy in this is observational but shockingly funny at points even after the first initial pages there are some really taboo subjects but dealt with in a humorous way like the fisting bit.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 Dec 2001
Format: Paperback
Brian actually manages to live up to the promises this book makes. It is fun to read, insightful, very sarcastic, and produces many a laugh-out-loud experience. The juxtaposition of his crass descriptions of the antics on tour, with his detailed appreciation for the natural and cultural diversity of the setting, forms the most entertaining component of all. If you're considering taking such a tour, or worse, becoming a tour leader / bus driver, you MUST read this book!
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